AT HOME IN HEATH: HEADING INTO THE PERSONAL INJURY BATTLE
So, I had a wreck in January and tried to ignore my stiff neck. My stiff neck finally led to a chiropractor’s office in February and the chiropractor sent me on to the attorney’s office in March. I guess I’m ready for anything now.
I am of the opinion that God’s watching out for me all the time. Chances are, if I had just showed up at the emergency room and gotten an x-ray the day of the wreck, I’d be getting my treatments someplace else. I would have never chosen a chiropractor’s office in Richardson on the corner of Arapaho and Custer, but for whatever reason, that’s where God led me and I’m so glad. All the people at the clinic are wonderful – from the delightful Dr. Bahadori who owns the clinic to Ashley, who answers the phone. Everyone is pleasant, upbeat and caring. They have tons of experience to draw upon – and let’s face it my doctor, Dr. Karimi, is not exactly hard to look at. He actually looks better in person with the kind smile he always has for me.
I’ll be honest with you, I have a lot of other things I’d rather be doing than going to a chiropractor’s office several times a week, but since that’s what I’m going to be doing for a while, then I’m glad this is where I’m going. I’d love to tell you that I walked in and they were able to fix me right away, but that’s not how this thing works. I go in. They work on me and I feel great when I leave, but by the next day the neck is stiffening up and those shooting pains are back in my shoulders. They say this could take up to a year, but I hope they are wrong.
After Bill and I both called around talking to attorneys, we’ll both tell you there’s a lot to like about the firm of Hernandez & Browning, as well as Mr. Browning himself. A real person answered the phone. They spoke plain English. They have answers when you talk to them and they don’t play games. If someone needs to call you back, they will. If you have an appointment at 9 AM, they’ll be there.
I don’t like to be conned. Some of the offices we called would ask a few questions then tell us all the reasons my case was going to be so difficult. The fact is, the insurance company has already admitted their guy is at fault, because they paid to fix my car. If it were going to be easy we’d do it ourselves. As to not running to the emergency room when it happened, well there’s no law that says you have to. In fact, there’s only a statue of limitations that says you can’t wait over two years. A matter of weeks is nothing, especially with an injury like mine where the ramifications are not immediately apparent.
When we met with Mr. Browning he was very low key and personable. He saw our case for what it was and explained things in a way that made sense. We don’t love being plaintiffs, but apparently the system requires it. We aren’t thrilled about giving up a third of whatever settlement there is either, but hopefully he’ll make sure the settlement is sufficient and he’ll handle all the nasty bits while making sure my caregivers are paid.
So, I’m successfully launched into the world of personal injury. Who knows! By the time you read this I may already be cured, but I’ll let you know.